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In the Veggie Garden

Your veggie garden is growing to beat the band right now.  Here is what you need to know to maximize your production:

             
               

Tomatoes. Stake your tomato plants.  Double your crop.  

I use the Mark's Choice spiral tomato stakes

Apply bordo mixture to tomatoes to prevent early blight. Once every 2 weeks all summer.

 

 

            

               

Weeds.  The plants that are growing among your veggies are the enemies.   Get rid of much frustration by cutting down weeds now.  All of your edible plants will thank you for this by producing more and better.

 

 

 

 

 

              

               

Harvest.  I harvested my first Mark's Choice 'Golden Delight' zucchini this week.  It is a distinct yellow colour that looks great on the plate.   Kale, Swiss chard, carrots, peas, radishes and many other 'early croppers' are ready.   

Take a walk round your garden each day and note what is progressing so that you don't miss the opportunity to harvest-while-you-can. 

Sow late season crops.  Leaf lettuce, mesclun, radish, broccoli (all 'Cole' crops), carrots, onions and peas can be planted from seed now, for an early fall harvest. (I know, it seems way too early to talk about fall....)  

 

 

             

               

Garlic.  The scapes or 'pigtails' on my garlic are ready to harvest.  Every part of the garlic plant is edible.  The scape is highly valued!  Don't let it go to waste if you have them in your garden.

Raspberries.  They are maturing to beat the band.  Thank goodness my wife Mary enjoys raspberry picking... as I weed garden.  Pick yours before they rot on the plant.

 

 

 

             

       

      

Apples, pears and other fruits.  I apply End All and Green Earth Garden sulphur to keep insects and disease under control.  These two products, applied at the same time, will help to keep your fruit clean without the use of 'chemicals'. 

Cherries. Pick.  Eat and preserve.

 

 

 

 

 My son Ben is back at work with me full time, having completed a fun time at the Home Hardware in Orillia.  With thanks to dealers John Locke and Bill Ecklund, we can look forward to hearing more from Ben in the weeks and months ahead.

Keep your knees dirty,

Mark Cullen.

Merchant of beauty.

p.s.   look for our new YouTube video, How to deadhead annuals and perennials

I think you will really enjoy it!  Happy mid-summer!

 

 

 Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author and broadcaster. You can sign up for his free monthly newsletter and find his weekly podcast & blog at www.markcullen.com. Watch Mark on CTV Canada AM every Thursday at 8:45 am (EST). Mark's latest book The Canadian Garden Primer, An Organic Approach (5010-205), is available at Home Hardware.

 

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